Wi-Fi and WiGig Alliances Agree to Work It
The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig Alliance) today announced a new plan to work together on creating wireless technologies that will transmit data at speeds of 1Gbps or higher. The two organizations said they will craft a new wireless standard that relies on the 60GHz frequency band for high-speed data transmission. The standard will require that data sessions can be seamlessly handed off to standard Wi-Fi networks in the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. The organizations plan to eventually certify tri-band Wi-Fi devices that are backward compatible with previous Wi-Fi technologies. The organizations already share many of the same members. They did not say when the standard might be finalized.
PMA and A4WP Rebrand As the AirFuel Alliance
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced plans to fully merge organizations under the AirFuel Alliance brand. The standard-bearers for wireless charging agreed to work together earlier this year, and today's rebranding is the final step in the process of creating a single consortium committed to improving the standards for and experience of wireless charging.
WiFi Alliance to Start Certifying WiGig Gear
The WiFi Alliance today said much faster WiFi is coming to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other gear starting next year. The organization announced the WiFi Certified WiGig program, which will ensure compatibility between various WiFi technologies.
Apple Backs Qi Wireless Charging Standard
Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, according to IHS Technologies and the WPC's own web site. Apple is listed as a backing member of the organization, which is behind the Qi wireless charging standard.
Qualcomm Develops 5G Test Platform
Qualcomm has created what it calls a prototype 5G system and trial platform. The 5G New Radio (NR) prototype is able to function across a wide range of spectrum bands, primarily below 6 GHz, and can achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates and low latency.
Amazon, Google, Microsoft Working On Open Media Formats
A handful of tech companies this week launched the Alliance for Open Media with the intent of creating an open standard for high definition video that will be compatible with all devices across the web. The companies hope to field next-generation codecs that are interoperate and open, optimized for the web, and scalable to any device at any bandwidth.
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